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Review: 7661-Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring


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#1 Adam

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 06:57 PM

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Name: Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring
Set Number: 7661
Theme: Star Wars
Pieces: 575
Price: $49.99 USD, 49.99 Euros
Minfigures: 2
Year of Release: 2007


First off, let me apologize for my lack of reviews lately. I've been very busy, but I've finally found the time to take pictures of a couple of sets and post reviews. The Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring is a bit of a mouthful, so throughout this review it will be reffered to as "JSHBR". When I first viewed this set on Shop@Home, I was very impressed. Generally, every 100 pieces is about $10, so when I saw a near 600 pices set for $50, I recognized a slightly good deal. You certainly get a lot with the JSHBR, including the first and only Kit Firso minifigure. Another great feature of the set is the starfighter itself, which is cool and slick. Now, on to the review.

Box, Instructions, and Minfigure(s)

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The front of the box.

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The back of the box.

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The front of the instructions.

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The back of the instructions- whoa, what a collection!

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A random instructions page- #51, I think.

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The minfigure- Obi Wan Kenobi. Fleshie!
For some reason, when I purchased this set, one of the key features was missing- Kit Fisto! Even his lightsaber wasn't present. I gave LEGO a furious telephone call, and they're going to send one over. About Obi Wan, he's a good figure, with a gold band connected to the microphone-thing that is obscured by his hairpice.

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This is a picture of Kit Fisto from the LEGO cache, taken via SnagIt.

The Starfighter

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Obi Wan's Jedi starfighter. Pretty awesome, isn't it?

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The front and back- notice the rear engines and landing gear.

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Interesting piece! I wonder what's under the flap...

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:oh3: It's an engine-thingy! That's three stickers, right there.

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The open cockpit. I'm glad that a brown seat was included, not some black or white one.

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The controls.
Obi Wan's control's are a very nice design- the front of the cockpit and the lever are attached by a mere technic piece. But why is the control red?!

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Obi Wan fits sungly in his seat.

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A view of the closed cockpit.

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Obi Wan, always ready to take out the big guns. :tongue:

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The landing gear, open and closed.

The Hyperdrive Booster Ring

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The Hyperdrive Booster Ring.
This is an essential part of the JSHBR, and it's HUGE- so large, it's difficult to take a picture of the whole thing.

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The ring's skeleton.
First of all, sorry for the dark picture. This is a very confusing build, and I messed it up quite a few times. Most of it is symetrical, but not all of it, so when you get to a part that isn't symetrical, you mess it up. I constantly wonder why there are orange and green trans studs on the bottom.

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Atop the ring goes two blue and white plates, foriming the meat of the structure.

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The engines. There are two symetrical ones, and another that is slightly smaller. All of them give off a "powerful" feel, and the effect is very nice.

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The center portion, where the ship slides in.

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Flick-fire missiles. :hmpf: Does TLC think that they have to incorporate them into every set?

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The piece that will clamp down on the starfighter, holding it in place.

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The ship in the Hyperdrive Booster.

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The ship is held in place in this very yellowy picture.

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Two pieces on the botom of the ship slide in two holes.

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Cute droid. :tongue:

The Rating

Playability: 4/5- This is a great set, and with a booster ring, ship, and supposed to be two minfigures, it's worth your while
Minfigures: 4/5- Obi Wan is great, and I hear Kit Fisto is very nice, too
Design: 4.5/5- The great looking starfighter, nice, powerful ring, and incredible overall effect deserves a good grade
Overall: 4.5/5- Near perfect, except for some minor quibble over colors and such

The JSHBR is an amazing set, both cheap and fun. It has a great level of playability, adding an extra minfigure where there would usually only be one (I didn't get him, though :hmpf_bad:), and the overall design is very nice. The starfighter is well built, with cool wings, effective landing gear, and a good looking cockpit. The ring itself is pretty good too, besides the fact that it's a skeleton of technic pieces with some cool plates on top and two flickfire missiles. In the end, this is a set that I'd recommend to fans of Star Wars and those who are not fans, as this is definately worth noting.

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Edited by KimT, 11 September 2008 - 07:01 PM.
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#2 KimT

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 07:03 PM

Thanks for this great review.
I've added it to the index.
In fact this is perfect timing, since we've got the Plo Koon's JSF MOC to compare it with.
It's a great set with loads of playability and plenty of swooshing for everyone.
Thanks again and keep up the good work :thumbup:
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 07:34 PM

Thanks for the review Adam!

I quite like this set. Sure the ring may be just a large hunk of technic pieces. But it looks great, and when you add a relatively well-designed starfighter plus a lovely Kit Fisto fig, :wub:  you get a pretty solid set.

It earns a 4 from me.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:19 PM

The ring is  :sick: , but the minifigures and well designed fighter make up for it. I rate this set at above average from what I've seen. I might pick this set up, but the Hyperdrive Ring would be dismantled pretty fast. Great Review!
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:39 PM

Thanks for the detailed review Adam  :thumbup: . I personally own this set and really like it. Sure, the ring is a bit technical but it overall looks great  :laugh: , the jedi starfighter is a big improve of the last two (This has a lot better construction that is very solid  :classic: ) and the color is just awesome  :grin: . The minifigs are great a cool Obi-Wan and an awesome Kit Fisto minifig (This is my favorite minifig in all the whole line  :grin: ).

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 05:28 PM

View Postdarkrebellion, on Sep 11 2008, 05:39 PM, said:

Thanks for the detailed review Adam  :thumbup: . I personally own this set and really like it. Sure, the ring is a bit technical but it overall looks great  :laugh: , the jedi starfighter is a big improve of the last two (This has a lot better construction that is very solid  :classic: ) and the color is just awesome  :grin: . The minifigs are great a cool Obi-Wan and an awesome Kit Fisto minifig (This is my favorite minifig in all the whole line  :grin: ).

Nice Review, I think I have an explanation to your missing Kit Fisto. The large sets with exclusive figures are targets of theifs who just want the figures themselves.
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 09:37 PM

I gave this a bad review and vote.  It just not a great kit for me.  Over priced and not so much playability.

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 09:38 PM

I agree this is a good set but in Ireland its way overpriced at €74.99 compared to €49.99 listed in the review.

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 09:45 PM

I gave it a 4 (above average).
I like the set, but even down here in Belgium I think it is more expensive (50 euros seems to be cheap).
Good review.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 05:33 AM

Not sure how to embed a youtube clip in this forum.  
Here's my build of the Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring, with a little side story.  (click through to youtube)


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Posted 03 October 2008 - 05:46 AM

View Postthinkdoodle, on Oct 3 2008, 01:33 PM, said:

Not sure how to embed a youtube clip in this forum.  
Here's my build of the Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring, with a little side story.
Hi thinkdoodle, welcome to EB. I have seen you before, with this impressive stop motion video in the local community. It's a real nice video, makes me think that the building process is very fast with the fast forwarding.  :laugh:

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 07:57 PM

Nice review.
I have this set. I would also buy it when it had only Obi-wan and the jedi fighter, but the ring is a nice addition and adding Kitt Fisto was a terriffic addition. :wub:

The price is in the Netherlands around the 70 euro (50 euro would be a nice price), but I bought it at a local non-blokkergroup shop who has most sets for 5- 10 euro less, so I only paid 58 euro for it.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 03:36 AM

Saw this in a secondhand store, the box was a little damaged, but it was selling for $30. Still don't know if I should get it or not.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 04:04 AM

I got this set back in november of the last year but to be honest I prefer (In ship terms) the new V-19 Torrent which is the equivalent of this ship but of this year. I also think the Kit Fisto minifig is my favorite since I got the set  :cry_happy: .

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 08:09 AM

I happen to love the JSF so for me, this is a nearlt perfect set. The color, Kit fisto, the booster ring..... I love it.
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Posted 07 November 2008 - 04:56 PM

I really dig this ship, I'd been thinking about it for weeks.  The detachable ring, and the bold colors.  All the jedi starfighters are slick, but this one has a new design.  I'm totally satisfied, and more so since I got it at ¥7500 instead of the ¥10,000 list price.

My only gripe is the cockpit is wobbly, I can't find any way to tighten it.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 08:46 PM

I was going to pick it up at taget last week, but ended up buying Anakin's jedi starfighter and two rebel battle packs. I'm beginning to wish I had picked this one up instead. :D



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